Published: Privately printed for the Author. 1902

Date: 1902

FIRST (privately printed) EDITION, Second printing, with minor alterations to the text. 12mo. ( 5.4 x 4.4 inches). One of only 200 copies printed. The first printing was issued in December 1901 in a edition of 250 copies. Original olive green boards pictorially stamped and titled in black to front cover. Spine rounded, as called for. Colour frontispiece and forty-one full-page black and white illustrations by Potter. Spine and edges a little rubbed and some light foxing to first couple of leaves but overall an excellent copy of this extremely rare edition. Previous owners bookplate (Henry Frederick [Thynne], 6th Marquess of Bath) on endpaper. Housed in a half green morocco solander box. ------

Linder. The Writings of Beatrix Potter. Appendix 3, Privately printed editions. Page 420.

The tale of Peter Rabbit was developed from a picture letter sent by the Author to Noel Moore on September 4th 1893. A few years later, thinking that the story might make a small book, she contacted Moore to see if he had kept the letter and asked if she might borrow it back. Moore had, indeed, kept the letter and gladly returned it. Potter set about expanding the letter and developed the story, and illustrations, that were to become one of the most popular and famous childrens books of the twentieth century. Only when the manuscript had been turned down by several publishers and looked as if it might never be published did Potter turn to this private printing. The book was eventually commercially published by Frederick Warne in October 1902.


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